A little over a month ago, the founder of Football Outsiders said that the Cleveland Browns had one of the worst quarterback depth charts of the past decade, although he did have the New York Jets’ 2016 situation right up there with the Browns.
On Monday, Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 teams’ quarterback situations, and the Browns did not take last place! They came in at No. 30 overall, with the San Francisco 49ers (No. 31) and the New York Jets (No. 32) trailing. Here is what they said about the Browns’ quarterback situation:
The Browns look set to try and rediscover the best of Robert Griffin III, and if they can find that player, they are a lot better off than this ranking, but I think there is far more work involved than one offseason. They have found themselves a legitimate superstar-reclamation project, but will essentially need to rebuild RG III’s game from the ground up. The last time he was playing—back in 2014—he was completing just 50 percent of his passes under pressure for a passer rating in the 50s. Josh McCown has been a below average starter who had one freak-season of excellent play in Chicago back in 2013, and even that year was only 427 snaps worth of action. Cody Kessler is an intriguing guy for the future with excellent accuracy, but he may only see the field if and when the other two fail.
It is actually a pretty optimistic-sounding assessment for having the 30th-ranked quarterback situation, as they see the ceiling of potential that Robert Griffin III has. Even though Josh McCown’s win-loss record wasn’t impressive last year, I’m not sure why they only mentioned his stellar 2013 season and brushed aside his work from a year ago.
The ranking that I love to see is that despite having QB Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens are 25th on the list.
What do you think of PFF’s quarterback rankings?